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Cribbage Card Game Rules


Cribbage is a classic card game where players try to be the first one to get 121 points. Cribbage is played by 2 to 5 people, and is really popular in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Cribbage board is one of the most iconic things in Cribbage, but at CardzMania we don't currently have one as the number of players could go upto 5 and the points can also be changed which is not supported by any standard cribbage board.

Ranking of Cards

Kings are high and Aces are low.

Aces are worth 1 point. Cards 2 through 10 are worth their pip value. Face cards are worth 10 points.

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The Deck and the Deal

The dealer passes out six cards face down for the other player and themself. The non-dealer can either cut the deck and select the top card from the remaining deck or they can draw a random card in any other way. This is called the starter card and it is placed face up on top of the remaining deck. Both players then discard two of their cards and place them face down to the side of the gameplay area to form the crib. With 3, 4, and 5 players, the dealer deals five cards to each player and everyone discards 1 card for the crib. The game then proceeds in the following three rounds: Peg, Counting, and Crib.

How to Play

Peg Round

The non-dealer plays one of their cards. The dealer then plays one of their cards. This continues as players try to win points through various combinations with the cards played. Once the pip value of the played cards reaches 31 points, the sequence is reset. Remember, ace counts as one point.

Players can earn points in the following ways:

Once all of the cards are played, the counting round starts.

Counting Round

The non-dealer begins by using the starter card with their hand to make as many combinations as they can to win points. After the non-dealer finishes with their hand, the dealer does the same.

Players can earn points in the following ways:

Crib Round

The dealer picks up the crib and uses those four cards with the starter card to make as many combinations as they can.

The ways to earn points are the same as the Counting round.

After the hands and the crib are scored, the dealer position switches, cards are shuffled and players repeat the three rounds until someone gets 121 points.


The player who reaches 121 points first wins the game. The counting stops as soon as someone reaches 121 points so the order of points accumulation matters and the first person to reach 121 points wins the game.


CardzMania supports several customizable rules and options so you can play Cribbage exactly how you like or how you grew up playing with your friends and family. In addition to the classic way of playing, we often have new creative options for you to try to spice up the game if you are interested in trying different spins for fun.


Players determine a set amount of points when the game ends.


Players determine a set amount of rounds (also known as hands or deals) that the game will go to (instead of the points selection above).


Players only have a set amount of time to make their turn after which a turn is automatically played for them and the game proceeds: Fast is 7 seconds, Standard is 15 seconds, Slow is 30 seconds, and Very Slow is 60 seconds. Players can also choose to disable the timer, but that is only for private tables.

Continue Pile

Players can continue the pile after 31. This would mean that the last cards on the discarded pile will help contribute to the new pile for points. For example, somebody could score a pair if they match the card that made the pile 31.

Classic Basics

Classic games vary to a great degree in terms of rules and objectives. A thread that binds them all is their simplicity and age. Classic games are typically easy enough for young children to play them and have typically been around for many years.

Card Game Basics

A deck of cards consists of 52 cards, with 4 distinctive subgroups. Each of these subgroups is recognised by a symbol and are referred to as suits. They consist of Clubs, Spades, Hearts and Diamonds. Each suit contains 13 cards which, generally, are considered in this order, Ace (A), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jacks (J), Queen (Q) and King (K). Some games include the two Jokers found in a standard deck but most games don't.


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